Well, even by Slough Town’s standards, the 2019/20 season will go down as one of the craziest ever. And while it may not necessarily be over just yet, now seems as good a time as ever to look back on it and thank the people and organisations who help us keep going and keep growing.
We would like to thank Morgan Sindall for sponsoring the home shirt for the last two years and being great partners during that time. This year saw Eton West Construction take over sponsorship of our away shirt and that relationship will continue into next season. We are delighted to welcome Slough Trading Estate as our main shirt sponsor for next two seasons.
In addition to this the following companies or individuals sponsored matches at Arbour Park this season: Chris Tebbit, Arvato, Landi Accounting, The Moore Family, Speedy Hire, ThinkPrime, The Slough Town Ultras, The McGoldrick Family, Kidd Rapinet, Eton West Construction, Slough Irish Club, Will Paine and of course Slough Town Supporters Trust.
Another vital income stream for the club is the advertising boards around the pitch and we would like to thank the following for their support through the season: Gary House Photography, SKALA, Newman and Sons, Macron, Grant and Stone, Kidd Rapinet, Shanly Housing, Cell Crazy, MyFootballClub, GP Asbestos, SEGRO, Stewarts Coaches, O’Neil’s, Devine Associates, Slough Irish Club, 5K Security, A1 Taxis, GGH Hire, CPPUL and of course Slough Town Supporters Trust!
On top of this, to everyone who has sponsored a player, a mascot, a matchday ball or advertised in our programme: a huge thank you from everyone at the club. We operate as a non-profit making organisation so the vast majority of this income is out there on the pitch and I’m sure you will all agree it was money pretty well spent this season.
More thanks are due to Fortress Sparks, Wood Waste Control, GGH Hire, CPPUL, The Huntercombe Pub, 4 Your Future, New Build & Design and Yiewsley Plumbing Centre - sponsors of the Juniors and Ladies kit and training kit.
Last but not least, we would also like to thank Macron, who produce and supply our kits, and we look forward to unveiling our new home shirt in due course!
If you are interested in any sponsorship opportunities for next season please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The club continues to rely heavily on an ever-growing army of volunteers who selflessly give their time to ensure we can offer the best matchday experience possible for our fans. Without them we would be nothing.
Our media and communications team do such a fantastic job maintaining our website and social media handles. A big thank you to Matt Webb, Tom Gathern, Scott McNeish and Gary Thomas for making our online presence one of the most professional and interactive you will find at this level. They are supported tremendously by FCVideo, who not only film and produce highlights for all of our home games, but also undertake other unpaid work, running initiatives such as Goal of the Season, the Rebels Rewind matches you will have been enjoying every Saturday afternoon during lockdown, and producing the online Awards Night which streamed last Saturday.
We also welcomed local photographer Philip Benton as our new official club photographer this season, and his work features regularly on our website, social media channels and matchday programme. Also snapping the action at Arbour Park this season was Aaron Walster, a student from UCFB.
Our matchdays are covered by the fantastic Rebels Radio with the ever-excitable Adrian at the helm, and this continues to go from strength to strength each season. Ade has also done a great job keeping fans entertained during “lockdown”, producing quizzes, interviews with players and hosting the online Awards Night. If you’ve enjoyed any of these, why not buy him a “virtual pint” by way of thank you here, and help the club financially in the process.
Our matchday advertising was given a huge boost with the opportunity to advertise matches on a digital advertising board on the A4. A massive thanks to Harshbir Singh Parmar from Bir-Media for giving us that opportunity, and also to Gareth Nicholls from Red Card Media for producing the digital ads, of which sadly we only got to use one due to the cancellation of matches.
Thank you to Steve Chapman for producing our fantastic matchday programme again this season and to all the wonderful regular contributors like “Brighton Rebel” Warren Carter.
On the catering side, a massive thanks to our wonderful team who cook your food and pull your pints: Poppy Hoskins, Kelly Turner, Rebecca Hennessey, Betty Axtell, Callum Fullam, Lucie Way, Ben Madigan, Margaret Chandler, Dee Vance, Tori Court, Nikki Madigan, Kate Way, Emily Madigan, Sian Way, Keith Court, Stuart Adnitt, Phil Vance, Mark Clements, Dan Brench and Mike Ballard.
Other matchday volunteers include: Barry Hiron, Keith Bryant, Cameron Webb, Ollie Heywood, Geoff Hill, Lionel Chandler, our Club Shop manager Sue Shiel, Aidan Shiel, Phil and Lyn Akehurst, Tony Randall, Bernard Devine, Bill Hing, Cath and Martyn and Tony Rees - and we are grateful to them all for making matchdays work as smoothly as they do.
Our Community Partners
The 2019/20 season saw us make a concerted effort to become more of a focal point in the local community, increasing our visibility in the town and encouraging a more diverse crowd down to Arbour Park. There is still work to be done on that front but the signs were encouraging with our average crowd up to 841 this season compared with 783 last season.
Our #OneSlough campaign was everywhere around the town this year and I notice it has been adopted by a lot of local charities and organisations during the COVID-19 crisis.
We would like to thank the following pubs and clubs for advertising our games and encouraging locals to get down to Arbour Park for a game: Red Cow, Rose and Crown, Alpha Arms, Rising Sun, Herschel Arms, The Wheatsheaf, Chalvey WMC, Earl of Cornwall, Long Barn, British Legion Cippenham, The Barleycorn, Cippenham WMC, The Huntercombe, Red Lion, Shamrocks, Slough Polish Club and The Chestnuts. In particular, a huge thanks to Tom King at the Herschel and Leonard Gibson at the Wheatsheaf who have supported the club through thick and thin in recent years. These small local pubs will need your support more than ever when they reopen.
We have also worked with a lot of charities this year, raising significant funds for Prostate Cancer and MIND, with our charity head shave after the Tonbridge game. We hosted a day for the homeless at Arbour Park at Christmas and a huge thanks to everyone who donated clothes, books and games and of course all those who helped out on the day. We continue to have a great relationship with Slough Outreach, London and Slough Run, Slough Foodbank and the Salvation Army, who are all currently doing great work during the current crisis and need everyone’s support.
The Ladies team are currently raising funds by running 1,083 miles for the NHS and you can sponsor them here. At the time of writing, they were closing in on their latest target of £2,250 – well done ladies!
Without the fantastic volunteers that run our Junior teams, and parents that support the young players week in and week out and ferry them and their teammates around, our Juniors would not have been able to play the game they love. It's such a shame that the season was brought to a premature end as there was almost certainly some silverware with our name on it!
Players and Managers
It goes without saying that we are delighted with the performance of the men's senior team this year, and it looked likely that we would have finished in a playoff place in National League South had the season reached a conclusion. It makes me incredibly proud that we have achieved this with such a small, tightly knit squad that can boast eleven players with over 100 caps for the club, and a special mention must go to Sean Fraser who now has over 300 appearances for Slough and has broken into the top ten all-time appearances for the club this year.
The Slough Ladies team were in promotion contention in their first season together and I expect them to go from strength to strength next season, whichever division they end up in.
Slough Town Community FC, which comprises our pan-disability teams, also continued improving this season thanks to the coaching and support from Alan Meredith and Alex Efthimiou, and they were only a third of the way through their season when football was halted. They will be chomping at the bit to get back to playing football when it is safe to do so.
Thank you to the fans, the lifeblood of the club and the noisiest in the National League South. Your enthusiasm makes all the hard work worthwhile and I think we are all desperately sorry we couldn’t finish the season for you. Stay safe and patient as we continue to navigate these unchartered waters as a club. Times are tough for all clubs at this level, but I have no doubt we will emerge from this crisis stronger and more together as a club than ever. COYR!
Community Engagement Manager
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